Have you ever heard about Astragalus? If you have not, then you might have been missing out on one of the most powerful immune-building plants on earth.
Astragalus is a plant within the legumes family and it has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine as an immune system booster and disease fighter. It has been used an adaptogen to help the body fight off stress and disease.
There are three components within the Astragalus plant that allows it to bear such positive impacts on the human health. The three components are: saponins, flavonoids and polysaccharides.
Saponins have been said to be able to lower cholesterol, improve immune system and prevent cancer. Flavonoids offer health benefits through cell signalling, its antioxidant properties, ability to control free radicals, preventing heart diseases and cancer. The other component found in Astragalus is polysaccharides – which are asserted to have antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory capabilities.
It is known that inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Astragalus can help reduce inflammation as it acts as an anti-inflammatory – which aids in healing wounds and lesions and reducing inflammation in diabetic kidney diseases. It is also known for boosting the immune system. It supports the body’s immune system by its ability to control cells in the body that regulates body’s immune responses.
Other than that, the components within Astragalus have also shown potential in decreasing or eliminating tumours. The flavonoids found in Astragalus are also antioxidants that aid in the prevention of plague build-up in arteries and lowering blood pressure.
Last, but not least, studies have shown that Astragalus is able to regulate and prevent diabetes and illnesses related to diabetes. It has the ability to relieve insulin resistance and regulate both Type 1 and 2 diabetes. It is also beneficial for diabetic patients because it can slow the progress of kidney problems in diabetics.